Tag: special education students

Do Boston charter schools have a lesson to teach America?

In 2016, Massachusetts voters soundly rejected a ballot proposition (Question 2) which would have allowed 12 additional charter schools per year. A recent study demonstrates how costly this decision has been, especially for special education and English language learner (ELL) students. Tufts University Professor Elizabeth Setren analyzed enrollment lottery data[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Class size, charter funding, PolitiFact on Rick Scott & more

PolitiFact on PIRLS. PolitiFact looks into Gov. Rick Scott’s statement about how well Florida fourth-graders fared on the recent PIRLS results. The ruling: Mostly True. Charter school funding. Palm Beach district officials are upset by state budget proposals that would once again give a modest amount of capital outlay money[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Rick Scott, religious schools, charter performance & more

What does Rick Scott want? Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab on the possibility of Tony Bennett coming to Florida: “Indiana’s loss could be Florida’s gain. Then again, it will all depend on whether the state board and the governor are looking for somebody to push Florida forward or somebody to[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Special needs students, charter schools, John Podesta & more

Hillsborough school district must fix its problems with special education students in the wake of a student’s death, editorializes the Tampa Bay Times. It suggests an outside inquiry would be more appropriate and says of Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, “If there are larger problems with the special needs program, Elia needs to[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School choice committee, teacher evaluations, ed funding and more

School choice will have its own legislative committee. From the News Service of Florida (subscription required): “Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is revamping the House’s committee structure, including making changes that will affect education and regulatory issues. The changes, outlined in a memo sent to House members Wednesday,[Read More…]

Charter schools and RTI could better benefit special education students

by Allison Hertog Last spring the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a study concluding that charter schools enroll a lower percentage of special education students than traditional public schools. Some commentators have questioned this study’s methodology and conclusions, while others believe it confirms what they have seen in practice. Regardless of where[Read More…]

Accountability testing doesn’t make sense for McKay Scholarship students

Editor’s note: The McKay Scholarship Program for students with disabilities has on occasion been criticized because it does not require that student progress be measured with a standardized test. Robyn Rennick with the Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools argues that such a policy would be ineffective and counterproductive. The McKay Scholarship[Read More…]